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Hello all, as it says in the title I'm trying to make a decision on which case to go with, and it's based on several factors.

First of all, I have a potential mITX build that I could squeeze into an X2M. I've also come up with an mATX version that would fit nicely into the S5. And finally, should I be considering future builds, and get something larger than what I need to handle future builds that may be larger? It may be worth noting that before the TX10 was discontinued, I was seriously thinking about building three systems in one, a legacy system, my primary (which the mITX build is the smallest variation on), as well as a 4U server rack for various web based hosting. I understand that it's both possible to still build a TX10 by buying the pieces individually, as well as caselabs saying they are coming out with a dual-system replacement, but I'm honestly not sure where to go from here. The primary system I had intended for the TX10 utilized an extended ATX board with multiple RAID arrays, and part of me would still like to have the capacity to do so in the future.

I am looking for advice on which route to go in. If anyone wants more detailed specs on the various setups I'm considering, I can give most of the information for what I have in mind. I know I'm thinking in extremes here, but I would still appreciate the feedback from more informed/experienced members here.

Thanks.
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Have tou looked at the new phantek case that holds an Atx and a itx motherboard?
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I am only really interested in caselabs at this point, so no, I haven't really looked. And keep in mind, at the large end of what I'm talking about, a standard ATX case would be too small, and I wouldn't bother with a larger case specifically for the smaller builds.

Edit: I found the case Ragsters mentioned, and it would not work for my purposes. If I did a multi-system case, only one of them would have the potential to be smaller than a standard ATX board. The legacy system is hardware from an old sony vaio desktop that was new during the windows 95/98 era, and the server hardware will probably have an SSI-EEB form factor.
Edited by Elanachan - 2/14/16 at 7:33pm
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Are you in a rush? Because if not, I'd hold out for the new dual system case.
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@Fyrwulf: So would you suggest a large "do it all" case, or can you also see why having a small portable system could be advantageous?
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Originally Posted by Elanachan View Post

@Fyrwulf: So would you suggest a large "do it all" case, or can you also see why having a small portable system could be advantageous?

I'm just going by what you said you wanted. I dunno when the THW-10 is supposed to come out, but if that's what you really want then I'd say wait rather than suffer buyer's remorse.
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I'm saying I'm having trouble deciding if I should be thinking ahead, or focusing on the now. If I focus on the hardware I've selected for the current build, I could stuff it into one of the smaller cases. But if I should be considering larger future builds, getting an appropriate sized case now might be a long-term cost saving measure.

Edit: I know very little of the THW-10, does anyone know if it will have server rack support like the TX10 did, perhaps in a pedestal?
Edited by Elanachan - 2/15/16 at 6:42am
post #8 of 13
What about just getting something like a Sm8 plus and nova X2M?
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I do not see how that would be saving costs to get two cases now, instead of planning to reuse the one I buy down the line.

Edit: Part of my problem is, I don't know how likely it is for smaller form factors like mITX and mATX are likely to persist 10-20 years from now. I do know the build I came up with for the S8 is 6x more expensive than the system that would fit into either the X2M or the S5.
Edited by Elanachan - 2/15/16 at 7:24am
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Well.. if you decide on the Sm8, and want to save some cash let me know cause I happen to be selling mine. Check my for sale thread. thumb.gif
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